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Today, a Liberal Party elder goes in to bat for the new Upper House president, and readers comment on the demise of the Adelaide Review.

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Commenting on the story: Shunned Lib’s pre-emptive strike as colleagues seek his expulsion

John Dawkins was on my staff when I was a Liberal Senator for SA.

John is a man of enormous integrity and has been a loyal and dedicated servant of the Liberal Party for decades.

His decision  to stand for the  position of President of the Legislative Council, a position for which he is eminently qualified, should not result in his membership of the SA Division of the Liberal Party being cancelled.

I would be extremely disappointed if the party organisation were to take such drastic and unreasonable action against John, who has served the party with great distinction. – Nick Minchin

Commenting on the story: Another SA media blow as Adelaide Review shuts doors

The closing of Adelaide Review is so extraordinarily sad and bad news.

We do indeed need diversity of news and views, but we also need the elegance and brilliant aesthetic the Adelaide Review has brought. I have every copy I’ve picked up over the past 30 years.

I wish they had looked at whether readers would have been prepared to buy a subscription, but regardless I feel very heavy-hearted for all involved and especially the dedicated staff and those who have previously been involved.

Again, SA has shown how to build an iconic world class publishing venture. Let’s not lose any more.

Support your local. Offer skills and grunt if necessary but let’s not have to say goodbye to any more independent journalism and publishing. Vale Adelaide Review. – Mariann McNamara

I feel bad about giving them too little too late, having only started paying this year.

The AR is a great foil to InDaily, they complemented each other and widened the tone of commentary/reporting about Adelaide.

That said, I feel that the organisations closing could do more to appeal to us to help them. Instead of vaguely asking for money from time to time (or constantly), we should be given a bottom line.

If they said look, we need this much/month, and we are such and such short, this would permit us all to look into our pockets and give up a couple of coffees each week to see them still here. Seriously, folks – less lattes and more independent quality local news – are we going to question the importance of that?

Since at a national level, the Federal government, combined with the media in particular, have decided to turn Adelaide into a regional city in a regional area, it is particularly important that we fight that, by supporting our own and in particular making our own news known to us. Cathy Chua

Commenting on the story: ICAC investigations into Liberal MPs to continue

With the accusations of Speaker bias, it’s worth noting that under the ‘Westminster’ system, which our Parliament claims to follow, the Speaker renounces all party affiliations when taking office. – Alan Strickland

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